This proposed MLA 2018 (January 4-7, NYC) session seeks papers that address the relationship between Catholicism and English Gothic literature in ways that move beyond simplistic observations of the genre’s use of anti-Catholic tropes. Especially welcome are papers that situate Gothic literature in the history of English Catholicism or which approach the religious content and contexts of Gothic literature from “post-secular” points of view. Papers might examine anything from 18th- and early 19th-century Catholicism’s influence on the rise of Gothic literature, to the lingering anti-Catholicism (or, conversely, Catholic nostalgia) in 21st-century Gothic literature and/or film, or anything in between.
In keeping with the MMLA conference theme, “Arts and Activism,” the Religion and Literature permanent section welcomes proposals that address works and writers who explore the ways in which religion and activism intersect. Papers may ask questions such as (but not limited to): How do writers address the social and/or political forces that encourage either religious conversion or loss of faith? How do writers examine radical disbelief? What are the influences of religious conservatism on social movements? How do religious movements shape secular culture and vice versa? How do religious movements influence secular social and civil rights movements and vice versa? How do race, ethnicity, gender and/or sexuality influence religious activist movements?
Call for papers - Between Market, State and Religion: Economic Realities, Social Justice and Faith Traditions- UCSIA Summer School, 27 Aug-2 Sept 2017, Antwerp, Belgium
3th UCSIA summer school on ‘Religion, Culture and Society: Entanglement and Confrontation’
Call for applications
2017 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society”
Sunday 27 August - Saturday 2 September 2017
exCommunicated, the publication of the International Society for Heresy Studies, is looking for contributions from writers and academics on the subjects of heresy, blasphemy, and non-belief. An international, interdisciplinary, and non-sectarian academic organization, the ISHS is committed to investigating the subject of heresy as broadly defined, across disciplines including history, literature, religious studies, theology, sociology, anthropology, art history, gender studies, cultural studies, area studies, and other subjects. Since the organization’s founding in 2014, it has held two successful international conferences and released five issues of exCommunicated.
Editorial Special Issue of Kairos: A Journal of Critical Symposium (Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2017)
In The Islamic Lineage of American Literary Culture (Oxford UP, 2016), Jeffery Einboden writes that his "excavat[ion]" of "Arabic and Persion precedents that shaped U.S. authorial lives and letters" rests on the ongoing "remappings of U.S. literary origins" which have redefinined the ways we think about authorship, nation-states, and literary texts in the wake of the transnational turn.
Nihilism… Utopianism (June 2017)
For the June 2017 issue of Modern Horizons we welcome submissions of essays on the theme of ‘Nihilism … Utopianism’.
On either side of life and underlying the meaningful forms we inhabit and live as individuals is – what? –something? –nothing? This basic and enduring question may be thickened for us through the temporal and metaphysical inquiries of nihilism and utopianism—intellectual and spiritual stances that critically engage with the ways we affirm or gainsay our familiar yet different worlds. Through a variety of papers and perspectives at our conference, we aim to address different positive and negative approaches to these two great themes.
This international symposium is an exploration of non-industrial cultures from both the Old World and the New World, with special focus on the significance of monumental building. Megaliths, mounds, kivas and cairns: monumental ceremonial and ritual spaces are hallmarks of human development that predate agriculture and technology. Researchers from around the world will explore the traditions of various Indigenous people in pursuit of a better understanding of how civilization got on its current path.
Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition Summer Seminar
Virgil and the Modern Christian Imagination
July 9-14, 2017
Led Dr. Bryan Johnson (Director & Professor, University Fellows), Dr. Christopher Metress (University Professor), and Dr. Shannon Flynt (Assistant Professor of Classics)
The American Religion and Literature Society invites proposals for our panel at the 2017 Midwest Modern Language Association convention, November 9-12, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH.
Session title: “Social Activism in American Religious Literature”